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The Temples Of North-East India
The Temples of North-East India - Index Invocation
The Author Introduction
Kedarnath Badrinath
Bhagawan Pasupathinath Of Nepal Gangotri & Yamunotri
Rishikesh Haridwar
Prayag Gaya
Kasi Ayodhya
Kali Ma Of Calcutta Bhuvaneswar
Konark Puri
Some Shrines Superb
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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The Abode of Lord Jagannath


Among the host of accounts two deserve mention and elaboration. According to one version, the presiding Deity-Jagannath was once called Neelamadhava and, he was the son of Vudayana - a Pandian King. He was extremely fond of the aborigines of the place and became one with them following their ways of life and living. He endeared himself to them to such a degree of inimitable intimacy and compassion that they treated him as their God and guide, when he was alive. On his demise, they made an idol of him and started worshipping. This is the reason for the 'Sabaras' enjoying certain rights in matters of administration and performance of rituals to the main deities even to day.

The story goes further that this enchanting idol was carried away by force to Malwa by Mahapadma Nanda. Later, Kharavela, the King of Kalinga invaded the place and on defeating him, brought it back and installed it with all fanfare. In the ninth century, Yayata Kesari constructed an imposing shrine here. Finding it ruined, Anantha vanna Chodaganga started rebuilding it in the twelfth century. The present shape and size are given by his grand son, Anangabhima Deva, who spent the entire state revenue collected over 12 years. This account appears to be a blend of history and legend. Religion seldom escapes from this.

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Its Antiquity
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